Egodini Mall construction workers down tools

Construction workers at the multimillion-dollar Egodini Mall project have reportedly gone on strike after going for months without salaries.

The disgruntled workers were contracted by Terracotta Private Limited, the South African civil engineering firm which won the tender to build a state-of-the-art shopping mall.

The Egodini Mall project is a joint venture between BCC, project developer Terracotta Private Limited and the main contractor another South African construction company, Liviero Group.

According to sources, construction workers who began work in March, have been working without pay for a long time which has resulted in them downing tools.

The situation is said to have affected security guards at the construction site, who have also reportedly gone for months without salaries.

Some of the security guards reportedly had their contracts terminated under unclear circumstances.  

When contacted for a comment, the security supervisor Bishop Mpofu said he was not aware of any strike.

“I have not heard anything about a strike, it would be best if you talk to my manager he is the best person to respond,” said Mpofu.

Terracotta contact centre manager Thando Moyo was reluctant to respond and told Cite to email him the questions. 

According to BCC, the Egodini Mall project has three phases with the first phase expected to completed before the end of the year.

Once completed, the Egodini mall project is set to accommodate over 1 000 informal traders, a move that will ease congestion in the central business district.

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